“Oh Algarve! Oh Algarve!”

We used to listen to this folkloric song as kids! So, I was ecstatic to finally see it with my own eyes.

Oh Algarve“…That’s how we felt as soon as we arrived in Portimão, located on the Southern coast of Portugal.  The Algarve is just stunning.  Happily, this was our chosen starting point on our trip since we had friends move there about 5 years ago!  (bodes well)

For lodgings here, we booked a room at Made Inn for a whopping $28/night (via Booking.com–see my comments on this site here).  Going in we thought this would be a nightmare. This has to be too good to be true at that price. Happily, this little hotel turned out to be a gem of a find.  Breakfast was included, and the room was clean (like clinically) and gorgeous.  Front desk was friendly and helpful.  We ate twice in the Café de Brazil around the corner–a recommendation from said friendly and helpful front desk staff.

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Bright and early, we were off to the meet the group.  We were going out in English with a sister that we connected with through the Branch.  We walked 5 minutes to the local hall, and she picked us up there.  A few minutes later, we were at the English Group.  Mostly from the UK, the friends were hospitable and warm.  We took the opportunity to start our interviews (click here to read them) while enjoying an upbuilding morning in the Field.  Householders were of varied nationalities with English as a first or second language.  We could see the needs of the field clearly, and wondered if we could help!

Following service, we met up with our old friend we’d met at the Berlin International Convention in 2009.  It was such a pleasure to see each other again after so many years.  She had lots of helpful counsel for us (click here to read her interview) as she gave us the tour of one of the local beach areas.  “This would be your territory” she said:

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We thought… we can handle that!


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